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Charles hits heir apparent record

The Prince of Wales has become the longest-serving heir apparent in British history.

Charles has overtaken the royal record set by his great-great grandfather King Edward VII.

The prince became heir apparent when his mother Princess Elizabeth acceded the throne to become Queen on February 6 1952.

Edward VII was born the heir apparent on November 9 1841 when his mother, Queen Victoria, was already on the throne.

He took over as king when she died on January 22 1901, having been heir apparent for 59 years, 2 months and 13 days.

Clarence House said that the Prince of Wales has now been heir apparent for 59 years, 2 months and 14 days.

Charles, 62, was just three years old when he became heir to the throne. He was nine when he was given the title the Prince of Wales in 1958.

The heir apparent, always the eldest son of a sovereign, is the next in line to the throne whose right to succeed cannot be altered by the birth of another.

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